Slow and Steady = Little Victories?

April 1, 2011·

I weighed in this morning and I lost 0.4 pounds bringing my total weight loss since January 4th to 17.6 pounds.

Overall, 17.6 pounds isn’t too shabby. But when you’re working your butt off each and every week sweating, exercising, and eating lots of veggies, it can be frustrating to see only a 0.4 pound loss. Like, that’s not even a half a pound. That’s like 1/3 of a pound? I don’t know, I’m terrible with fractions.

One of the awesome things about the LoseIt app (which I rave about all the time) is the support system that’s on there. I’m “friends” with all of these strangers who are trying to do the same thing I’m doing… lose weight and get healthy… and they are there to celebrate losses and offer advice with gains. When I logged my measly 0.4 weight loss this morning, within 10 minutes I had comments from other LoseIt users saying, “Way to go, Molly!” and “There you go, Molly! That’s great!” and “Yes! You got it!” I mean, 0.4 pounds lost and you’d think I’d run a marathon or something like that.

However, in bringing it all full circle, I know that I have to celebrate the little things. In life, we all have to celebrate the little things. If we don’t, we may lose sight of what we’re doing, or what our goals are, or even, where we’ve been.

When work is stressful, like it’s been for me for oh, the past year and a half, and my to-do list is 12 miles long, I have to celebrate each little task completed (BTW: Remember the Milk = best task app EVAR), each little victory, or else I might lose sight of the fact that I’m getting closer to accomplishing something bigger. And yes, there are days when in order to make myself feel more productive, I will write something down on my checklist that I’ve already done, just so that I can check it off. There is no shame in that.

So, whether it’s losing weight, completing tasks, or something else daunting, we have to celebrate the little victories. Slow and steady gets it done. Slow and steady does work. Gotta keep that in mind, even when it might be tough to do.

Well, Happy Friday. Happy April Fools Day! Today’s the day that I’m not the most gullible person in the room, which I usually am.

All for now.